Explore and experience all the natural beauty North American has to offer on this grand 12 day adventure around the continental United States! See the climbing mecca of the world: Yosemite. Gaze in awe of Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon, and step foot onto the world's largest super volcano: Yellowstone National Park. We will get a taste of civilization as well as we stay in world famous cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
Departure from Los Angeles in the morning, along with San Bernardino Mountains and enter the Mojave Desert, the largest continental desert in North America. The boundless land is decorated by bizarre-shaped Joshua trees and yucca plants. The group will make a stop at Barstow outlet to do some shopping and have lunch, and then head to Las Vegas - “the entertainment capital of the world”. You may have a brief stop on the Strip to enjoy all the spectacles and fantasies on the strip! Afterwards, continue to Utah. Stay overnight in Richfield. (Notes: For those who will join the tour in Las Vegas, please wait at the first floor near the elevator of Circus Circus Casino Hotel Skyrise Tower, at 3:00 PM.)
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Appletree Inn, Richfield|4
Enjoy a lovely morning drive on the Colorado Plateau, and arrive at America’s 8th most visited national park, Arches National Park. It covers an area of 7300 acres and has more than 2000 arches. Over time, water, ice and erosion have endowed Arches National Park as world’s highest concentration of natural arches, including the official symbol of Utah, the Delicate Arch. You may even climb an arch yourself! Afterwards, drive across the Rockies and enjoy the scenery along the way. Arrive in Denver in the evening, where we will stay overnight.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Hotel VQ|4
Today we head north on I-25, traveling parallel to the great backbone of North America: the Rocky Mountains. Pass by the state capital of Wyoming: Cheyene. This city is the host of the nation’s largest rodeo events every year. Afterwards, travel to the Crazy Horse Indian Memorial to take a look at the world’s largest mountain carving! Visit the most famous icon of America, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, look down from their stony height and remind everyone that even the impossible is possible! In the afternoon, continue the tour to the most famous wild animal base in the Midwest: Bear Country. We stay overnight in Gillette, Wyoming.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Holiday Inn Gillette|4
Head west this morning, passing through the Big Horn Reservation where the famous western movie ‘Dances with Wolves’ was shot. Then cross the Rockies, which contain the continental divide. Arrive in Yellowstone National Park in the afternoon. First of its kind, Yellowstone is the home to world’s largest super volcano and over 10,000 natural landscapes. Here you will find everything you expect to see in a national park: snow covered mountains, waterfalls, lakes, meadows, herds of buffalos, elks…and on top of that, the geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots. Try to spot a bear or a bald eagle from your luxury coach in this largest Sanctuary of Wildlife in the country! Stay overnight at Yellowstone.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Yellowstone Park Inn|4
After breakfast, we continue our journey into Yellowstone National Park. Experience the power of the super volcano as we visit Old Faithful; the symbol of Yellowstone and the crown jewel of the park. We also travel to Yellowstone Lake, the upper and lower falls and the famous Artist Point of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive through Yellowstone Park, and travel along the Snake River to Grand Teton National Park. Polished by glaciers, the Teton Range rises thousands of feet above the Snake River Valley, surrounded by lakes and forests. Enjoy this fairytale view! Next, drive to Jackson Hole, a famous cowboy town as well as a very popular vacation destination of all seasons in Wyoming. Drive to Salt Lake City in the evening and stay overnight there.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Ramada Limited, Salt Lake City|4
This morning, visit the newly renovated State House of Utah, and travel to the spiritual heart of the Mormon faith: the Mormon Temple of Salt Lake City. After an informative and friendly tour given by missionary sisters, we proceed to the Great Salt Lake Marina and the richest mine in the world: the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. After lunch, head to Las Vegas, “the entertainment capital of the world”. Arrive in Las Vegas in the evening. You may take an optional night tour to explore the prosperity of night life in Las Vegas, enjoy all the spectacles and fanfare of The Strip! The tour guide will lead you to explore the world’s largest hotel: Palazzo Venetian Mega Centre. Gaze in awe at the neon-light show on Fremont Street, the Music Fountain at Bellagio and the volcano show at Mirage. Stay overnight at a hotel located on the strip.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Depends on seasonal prices|4
Drive to Hoover Dam in the morning, sightsee this largest and tallest concrete structure of it’s time. Visit the dam and overlook North America's largest artificial lake - Lake Mead. Then, travel to one of the most famous 7 natural wonders in the world - the Grand Canyon! Over eons, the Colorado River and erosion have sculpted this amazing landscape. Grand Canyon west rim belongs to Indian Reservation (Mandatory Admission to Grand Canyon West Rim). The group will take the designated park shuttle to enter the canyon. Upon arriving in the terminal, you may take the helicopter ride and sightseeing boat tour (Optional), in order to feel the canyon and Colorado River from different perspective and explore the true beauty of the Grand Canyon. Afterwards, you may take the park shuttle to the next sightseeing spots, Eagle Point and Guano Point. At Eagle Point, you may take an optional visit to the "Skywalk", which is the new G gigantic construction built on the very edge of the Grand Canyon West Rim. The Skywalk is suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. This $60 million dollars bridge can withstand the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 74 airplanes (more than 71 million pounds). It is the tallest man-made structure in the world. From the bridge, you can step out onto the glass floor for a 720 degree view of the Canyon. The group will return to Las Vegas in the evening. You may watch the world’s renowned show at your own cost (optional). (Notes: All customers are required to pay admission fee to Grand Canyon West Rim upon arrival. This is the requirement to join this tour.)
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Depends on seasonal prices|4
In the morning, visit Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens outside of The Strip. You can see chocolates being made, sample gourmet treats and meander through the maze of paths at the Botanical Cactus Gardens at no charge. Be sure to sample a piece of fresh made chocolate! After having lunch in Las Vegas, the group heads back to Los Angeles. Stop by Barstow Outlet for short rest before continuing to Los Angeles. We will arrive in Los Angeles in the evening.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|In the morning, visit Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens outside of The Strip. You can see chocolates being made, sample gourmet treats and meander through the maze of paths at the Botanical Cactus Gard
Pick your own adventure! Experience one of Southern California's amusement parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Sea World. Take an informative and sightseeing trip around Los Angeles or get your favorite brand name merchandise at great prices at the Palm Springs Outlets by the Morongo hotel & casino.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Pacific Palms Golf Resort, Radisson Hotel Whittier, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, DoubleTree By Hilton Santa Ana or Similar |4
Santa Barbara, also known as the "American Riviera", is just 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Its natural beauty, pristine beaches, local-inspired gourmet cuisine, and nearby vineyards have been beckoning Southern Californians for years. It is sophisticated and simple, refined, yet relaxed. Santa Barbara is a Mecca of talented, intellectual, environmentally-mined and creative types. Throughout the city, Spanish Colonial architecture is fused with modern details, giving Santa Barbara a casual elegance lacking in many other California beach towns. Depart from Santa Barbara and drive along the beautiful Pacific-Coast Highway. Arrive at Denmark Village - Solvang around noon. Antiquated windmills and Northern Europeans-style architecture punctuate the little village’s skyline. Brilliant sunshine, boundless open country and rolling hills- these are the characteristics of what the original Danish immigrants called “Solvang,” or “Sunny Field.” Pour yourself a cup of aromatic European coffee and nibble a piece of world famous Danish pastry. Afterwards, the group will arrive in San Francisco in the evening.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Crowne Plaza Union City|4
In the morning, we visit Stanford University, which is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. It was built in 1891 by the railroad tycoon Leland Stanford. The quiet campus is the home to a rich collection of historical and contemporary buildings as well as various plants and works of art. It covers an area of 35 square kilometers. It is the second largest university in the U.S. Afterwards, you will cross the Bay Bridge to the enchanting San Francisco and explore the magnitude of Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman Wharf, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts and more. You may take an optional bay cruise and sail through the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, pass by Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and Treasure Island, enjoy the view of east bay and the skyline of San Francisco. You will be enchanted by the fresh sea breeze and the beautiful ocean. In the afternoon, you are welcome to either spend your free time with your friends and relatives or join the optional extensive San Francisco tour. The extensive tour will cover St. Mary Cathedral - the principal catholic church of San Francisco, Twin Peaks, the Civic Center and Castro District – “the gay capital of the world”, Painted Ladies and the City Hall of San Francisco. After dinner, we return to the hotel.
Hotel As Per Itinerary: 69|Crowne Plaza Union City|4
In the morning, you will visit California’s best known National Park, Yosemite, one of the wonders of nature. Yosemite is located near the geographical center of the Nevada mountain range. Towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys give Yosemite all the aspects of a “land of the gods”. Giant trees, water gushing from the mountains, huge rocks and cliffs carved to create a land of fantasy. There is little doubt that water – in both its liquid and solid form – was the chief architect of Yosemite’s landscapes. Here you will see the biggest granite rock in the world-El Captain, the fifth waterfall in the world-Yosemite Waterfall, and Half Dome at the Tunnel View Point. We will return to Los Angeles in the evening. For customers departing from LAX airport, please schedule your departure flights after 9:30p.m for U.S domestic flights or 10:30p.m for international flights.
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